Art Sales and Auctions

Art Sales and Auctions


This is the NGI’s principle website for researching prices of paintings at auctions, and is an indispensable site for curators, registrars and collection managers. It also provides services that promote accessibility, allowing users to research art, contact galleries directly, and to attain price transparency in the art market. The database contains over 10 million auction sale results dating back to 1985 from over 1700 international auction houses, making it the most comprehensive database of fine art prices. For login codes to Artnet please contact


The Irish Arts Review Online Price Guide

The Irish Arts Review magazine publishes The Online Price Guide, an annual listing of Irish artists who have sold at auction in the last twelve months in Irish auction houses, or sales of Irish art in London. Listing Irish artists in alphabetical order, with title, dimensions and hammer price it is a useful backup for art sales information.

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Art Price Index

A free to use site, the Art Price offers a limited database of artists. It provides a listing of works sold and when. For example, over 1,500 auction results are available for a search on Jack Butler Yeats, including artworks currently listed in upcoming public auctions.



Getty Provenance Index

For researching rare art auction catalogues, this vast collection of digital records is expanded and enriched on a regular basis. The quantity and scope of research material that is available varies by region, period, and type of document.


The NGI library

Our Library also holds thousands of auction catalogues in its stores, comprising of rare catalogues dating back to the 18th century, continuing to the 21st century, with new sales catalogues added on a daily basis.. To view these catalogues go to the library catalogue and use the search term "Art, European -- Sales catalogs". You will then see the most recent catalogues held in the library stores.

Engraving of auction from the 1880s, with the NGI director at the time, Henry Doyle, seated at the back behind the rostrum.

Framed drawings, paintings and embroideries in the Yeats Archive, National Gallery of Ireland.

Rare publications from the NGI Library.